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Archway Tavern: Council chief to contact owner over continued closure

PUBLISHED: 17:22 26 January 2018 | UPDATED: 17:22 26 January 2018

Archway Tavern and the old public toilets outside have been brought back into the public spotlight. Picture: Dieter Perry

Archway Tavern and the old public toilets outside have been brought back into the public spotlight. Picture: Dieter Perry

Dieter Perry

Islington’s council chief is to step in and try and rescue the historic Archway Tavern, which has been left empty for four years.

The boozer has been closed since a failed stint as rock venue The Intrepid Fox in 2014, but the area has been given a major facelift since then.

The tavern, which famously featured on The Kinks’ Muswell Hillbillies album sleeve in 1971, looms over the new pedestrianised Navigator Square and its continued closure has left neighbours furious.

Dr Sardar Imtiaz, whose family owns the lease, has remained silent on any future plans and is understood to have no interest in it operating as a business.

But now Islington’s leader Cllr Richard Watts has spoken of his intention to speak with leaseholder Dr Imtiaz and Enterprise Inns, which owns the freehold.

He said: “In the last year, Archway has been transformed following major investment from the council and TfL, with a new public space and the removal of Archway’s outdated gyratory.

“The Archway Tavern is at the heart of this new public space and is an important local building.

“We’d very much like to talk to its owner and leaseholder about how best to make the Archway Tavern part of Archway’s exciting future.”

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